Willdan Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Willdan Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Willdan Group, Inc. ("Willdan") (Nasdaq: WLDN), today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 29, 2013.

For the first quarter of 2013, Willdan reported total contract revenue of $21.4 million and net income of $0.4 million, or $0.05 per share.

Tom Brisbin, Willdan's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "While our first quarter revenue was lower than last year, we generated positive cash flow and a profit for the quarter. We continue to expect a ramp up in our energy business by the end of the second quarter which will positively impact our results for the remainder of the year."

First Quarter 2013 Results

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, revenue was $21.4 million, down $4.1 million, or 16.0%, from revenue of $25.5 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, revenue was down $1.6 million, or 6.8%, from the fourth quarter of 2012. Income from operations was $0.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, as compared to a loss from operations of $2.3 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, income from operations was $0.5 million as compared to $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net income was $0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, as compared to a net loss of $1.4 million for the comparable period last year and net income of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.05 as compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.19 for the comparable period last year.

Willdan generated $1.0 million in cash flow from operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Three Months Ended
In thousands (except per share data)March 29,


  March 30,


Income (loss) from operations457(2,317


Interest income31
Interest expense(27)(22)
Other, net15
Income tax expense (benefit)49(927)
Net income (loss)$399$(1,411)
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share$0.05$(0.19)
Weighted average shares outstanding:

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure used by Willdan's management to measure its operating performance. Willdan defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) plus net interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization, lease abandonment expense, net and other non-recurring income and expense items occurring in such period. Willdan's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from those of many companies reporting similarly named measures. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, such as operating income and net income. Willdan believes Adjusted EBITDA enables management to separate non-recurring income and expense items from its results of operations to provide a more normalized and consistent view of operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Willdan uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate its performance for, among other things, budgeting, forecasting and incentive compensation purposes. Willdan also believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors, research analysts, investment bankers and lenders because it removes the impact of certain non-recurring income and expense items from its operational results, which may facilitate comparison of its results from period to period.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to income from operations or net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.8 million to $0.7 million for the three months ended March 29, 2013 from $(2.1) million for the comparable period last year.

The following is a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:

Three Months Ended
In thousandsMarch 29,


  March 30,


Net income (loss)$399$(1,411)
Interest income(3




Interest expense2722
Income tax expense (benefit)49(927)
Depreciation and amortization166191
Lease abandonment expense, net134
Adjusted EBITDA$651$(2,122)

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Willdan had $10.4 million in cash and cash equivalents at March 29, 2013, compared with $10.0 million at December 28, 2012. Willdan has a $5.0 million revolving line of credit with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association ("Wells Fargo"), with $3.0 million in outstanding borrowings at March 29, 2013.

On May 7, 2013, Willdan amended its line of credit with Wells Fargo, effective as of April 1, 2013, and extended the expiration date of the line of credit to April 1, 2014. In connection with the amendment, Wells Fargo also waived all of Willdan's existing defaults under the line of credit. The line of credit amendment, among other things, modified the financial covenants under the line of credit by eliminating the net income, funded debt to EBITDA and asset coverage covenants, two of which Willdan was in breach of as of March 29, 2013, and replacing them with a minimum tangible net worth requirement.

Conference Call and Webcast

Chief Executive Officer Thomas Brisbin and Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Gant plan to host a conference call today, May 9, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific, to discuss Willdan's financial results.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-941-6010 (480-629-9866 for international callers). When prompted, ask for the "Willdan Group, Inc., First Quarter 2013 Conference Call." The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on Willdan's website at www.willdan.com under Investors: Events.

The telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed approximately two hours after the call through May 23, 2013, by dialing 800-406-7325 (303-590-3030 for international callers). The replay access code is 4617586. The webcast replay will be archived for 12 months.

About Willdan Group, Inc.

Founded in 1964, Willdan is a provider of professional technical and consulting services to public agencies at all levels of government, public and private utilities and commercial and industrial firms. Willdan provides a broad range of services to clients throughout the United States, including engineering and planning, energy efficiency and sustainability, economic and financial consulting, and national preparedness and interoperability. For additional information, visit Willdan's website at www.willdan.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Willdan's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, estimates, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that Willdan will not be able to expand its services or meet the needs of customers in markets in which it operates. It is important to note that Willdan's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, a slowdown in the local and regional economies of the states where Willdan conducts business and the loss of or inability to hire additional qualified professionals. Willdan's business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in Willdan's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2012 filed on March 26, 2013 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2013 filed on May 9, 2013. Willdan cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Willdan disclaims any obligation to, and does not undertake to, update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.



March 29,
December 28,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$10,406,000$10,006,000
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $443,000 and $303,000 at March 29, 2013 and December 28, 2012, respectively12,074,00015,484,000
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts11,139,0009,860,000
Other receivables101,00095,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,256,0001,782,000
Total current assets34,976,00037,227,000
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net887,000979,000
Other intangible assets, net3,00012,000
Other assets300,000307,000
Deferred income taxes, net of current portion3,452,0003,452,000
Total assets$39,618,000$41,977,000
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Excess of outstanding checks over bank balance$888,000$1,188,000
Borrowings under line of credit3,000,0003,000,000
Accounts payable4,431,0006,983,000
Accrued liabilities5,760,0005,306,000
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts3,312,0003,419,000
Current portion of notes payable382,000628,000
Current portion of capital lease obligations144,000152,000
Current portion of deferred income taxes3,452,0003,452,000
Total current liabilities21,369,00024,128,000
Capital lease obligations, less current portion96,000124,000
Deferred lease obligations316,000374,000
Total liabilities21,781,00024,626,000
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding


Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized: 7,353,000 and 7,335,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 29, 2013 and December 28, 2012, respectively

Additional paid-in capital34,509,00034,423,000
Accumulated deficit(16,746,000)(17,145,000)
Total stockholders' equity17,837,00017,351,000
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$39,618,000$41,977,000




Three Months Ended
March 29,  March 30,
Contract revenue$21,385,000$25,468,000
Direct costs of contract revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
Salaries and wages5,843,0005,957,000
Subconsultant services and other direct costs6,191,00011,237,000
Total direct costs of contract revenue12,034,00017,194,000
General and administrative expenses:
Salaries and wages, payroll taxes and employee benefits5,538,0006,428,000
Facilities and facilities related1,188,0001,195,000
Stock-based compensation50,00054,000
Lease abandonment, net13,0004,000
Depreciation and amortization149,000174,000
Total general and administrative expenses8,894,00010,591,000
Income (loss) from operations457,000(2,317,000)
Other (expense) income, net:
Interest income3,0001,000
Interest expense(27,000)(22,000)
Other, net15,000
Total other expense, net(9,000)(21,000)
Income (loss) before income taxes448,000(2,338,000)
Income tax expense (benefit)49,000(927,000)
Net income (loss)$399,000$(1,411,000)
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic and diluted$0.05$(0.19)
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
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